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A Look at How Commerce Data Fuels Innovation

February 29, 2016

The U.S. Commerce Department is responsible for producing troves of data – including weather data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), patent applications from the Patent and Trademark Office, demographic information from the Census Bureau, economic data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and export data from the International Trade Administration. This data is the foundation for innovative ideas from the private sector.

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Six Ways Small Businesses Benefit from Export Control Reform

February 29, 2016

Earlier this month, the Bureau of Industry and Security’s (BIS) Assistant Secretary Kevin J. Wolf represented the Commerce Department at a House Small Business Committee hearing. Assistant Secretary Wolf testified on the benefits of the Administration’s Export Control Reform Initiative, a comprehensive update of the export control system, to America’s small businesses. BIS administers export controls, which protect the national and economic security interests of the United States by ensuring that the most sensitive goods and technologies stay out of the most dangerous hands.

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Strengthening the U.S.-Mexico Economic Relationship

February 26, 2016

On February 24-25, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker traveled to Mexico City, Mexico, with Vice President Joe Biden and other U.S. officials for the third U.S.-Mexico High-Level Economic Dialogue (HLED).
Announced by President Obama and President Peña Nieto in 2013, the HLED is a forum through which the U.S. and Mexican governments are collaborating to advance strategic economic and commercial priorities central to promoting growth and job creation in both countries.

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SBA Resource Partners Helped Over 1 Million Businesses Last Year – Are You Next?

February 26, 2016

If you are thinking about starting a business of your own, the SBA has the resources to help you plan, prepare and manage that business. The SBA helps aspiring entrepreneurs and small business...

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USPTO’s Midwest Regional Office Supports Smart City Technology

February 26, 2016

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) supports the Obama administration’s Smart City Initiative by helping ensure that innovators have the resources they need to bring inventive concepts to life. The Midwest Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is leading the way to use science and technology to accelerate economic growth in Detroit and the Midwest region.

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Spotlight on Commerce: Breelyn S. Pete, Director of Public Affairs, U.S. Economic Development Administration

February 26, 2016

Black History month is about celebrating our roots, honoring those who have gone before us, and clearing the path of opportunity for the next generation. My roots have always been important to me, as have the many people who have guided me throughout my journey that has brought me here. 
I’m a California native from very modest beginnings, born in Inglewood and raised in Merced. My mother and family grew up in Compton and I attended Clark Atlanta University where I studied communications.

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Fostering Investment and Innovation in Smart Cities and the Internet of Things (IoT)

February 25, 2016

By Alan Davidson, Director of Digital Economy, and Linda Kinney, Senior Advisor, Internet Policy, National Telecommunications and Information Administration 

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Understanding Gross Margin

February 25, 2016

Ignoring your financial statement is like ignoring the health of your business. Startups and new business owners often overlook understanding gross margin. This can have a direct impact on your...

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Miami: Expanding Trade Through TPP and Global Expansion in the Western Hemisphere

February 25, 2016

Cross-blog post by Stefan M. Selig is the U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade.
Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of joining several business leaders and state officials for a series of trade events in the Miami, Florida area. Miami has a record for being one of the country’s top exporters, coming in seventh on the list of metro area exporters in the country. In 2014, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-West Palm metro reported $38 billion in merchandise exports, representing nearly 65 percent of the state’s total.

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Spotlight on Commerce: Tinisha Agramonte, Director for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Civil Rights

February 25, 2016

Ed. note: This post is part of the Spotlight on Commerce series highlighting members of the Department of Commerce and their contributions to the Open for Business Agenda
Guest blog post by Tinisha Agramonte, Director for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Civil Rights

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